@mpjgregoire @bthall
I organise them based on topic, but those topics are quite personal, and my organisation may not be logical for other people. All the things which are relevant to, say, one paper I'm writing not make sense as a category to someone else.

Yeah, I do often stumble across a paper I downloaded and wonder why I even have it. Like I'm sure it seemed logical at some point?

But yeah, reading everything immediately may be good advice, but it isn't always feasible.

@Cyborgneticz @alstev
I hadn't heard of this either but I think I really need it. Thanks Abbie ☀️

An understandable concern. A single author paper though? Gosh that's impressive, I don't have any of those!

Remember. Especially while you're a student, try to evaluate your progress by your own standards and not that of other people.

Consider those people with lots of publications. How many are first author papers? How many are collaborations? How many did they actually write? Being added as a coauthor can make it look like someone has a lot more experience than they actually do.

But quality often counts for more than quantity.

Dammit DFT, you're not supposed to just mash all the atoms together in hopes they'll magically find the right structure. That's not how it works. You should know that!

For what it's worth, I'm perpetually anxious over not having enough publications, so I know just what that's like.

But then, you're still a grad student, right? I've been reassured numerous times that it's not unusual to have no papers at all before your thesis is complete.

Word of caution. If you, like me, save PDF copies of papers to a directory called "to read" or "unsorted" or similar, try not to let them accumulate.

This advice brought to you by that one scientist who just spent literal hours sorting through a folder full of several hundred papers.

Oh, that's true too. I find myself fixing the formatting pretty often.

Yeah, it's a sad fact that publishers mostly don't care much about making things accessible. On some pages, it's a chore trying to even find where the citation details are...

That's exactly the kind of thing I'd like all journal websites to have!

And while I know it's uncool to say anything in favour of Google these days, the little citation box in Google Scholar really does work perfectly.

Perhaps. But in code terms, there's not much difference between displaying a few lines of text on screen and saving it as a file. It just seems like something they could easily do.

Minor pet peeve. Why do journal websites still insist on a "download citation" link instead of giving the option to just display copyable text on screen?

How many files containing a single reference, called "citation.bib" do you think I need, publishers??

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